The news has been broken that an illegal immigrant who killed four people in North Carolina recently was granted amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2013—a program which gives illegal immigrants amnesty if they arrived in America as children.

What’s even worse is that immigration authorities had access to a database that listed the illegal immigrant, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, as a known gang member who had previously been arrested for possession of marijuana.

And they still let him stay in our country.

Officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services say that employees should have noticed that Rangel-Hernandez was affiliated with a gang and stopped processing his application. However, the fact that they didn’t and that this news is only now coming to light, two years later, is frightening.

It makes sense that Obama’s administration would want to push through as many applicants of the DACA program as possible. If amnesty numbers rise it makes Obama look like he’s coming through on his promises.

But the terrible side-effect, as witnessed by this murder spree by an individual granted amnesty, is that the program has lost the ability to accurately judge (if it ever had such an ability) between individuals who may have a case to stay in the United States, and those who are abusing the system.

What’s worse for the Obama administration is the fact that a White House spokesperson refused to admit wrongdoing on the part of the amnesty program saying “I can’t go into detail on every specific case.”

Well how about the cases where someone is wrongfully granted amnesty and then goes on to murder four innocent American citizens? That seems like a case that they should take a look at.

This blatant error only highlights the need for less-lenient programs regarding amnesty and the need for tighter control over who can stay in America. Illegal gang members with drug convictions? Send them away.

 

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